Frenchmans Hill Blood Creek 8 2014

$175.00 inc. GST

95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
94/100 – Cameron Douglas MS
93/100 – James Suckling
5 stars – Michael Cooper

“A blend of cabernet sauvignon 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%, cabernet franc 8.5%, tannat 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5% and kolor 3%. Dense red with dark plum, berry, new leather, violets, anise, spice and nutty oak flavours. High energy wine with a thread of acidity adding vibrancy. An intriguing wine with obvious potential.” – Bob Campbell MW

“A juicy and rich red with lots of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. Full and powerful at the end. Very structured. A bigger wine. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling

“Youthful fruit and wood centric bouquet with (quite) intense aromas of fresh blackberry, blue fruits and dark plums, tobacco and dark violets, clove and toasty wood aromas. Complex and youthful, toasty and rich. Vibrant, toasty, woody and fruit centric on the palate. Very rich in fruit flavours of dark berries, blackberry and black currant, sweet tobacco and cigar box. Tannins are a mix of firm and youthful, dusty and soft – so still melding into and with the rest of the palate flavours. Acidity is medium+ keeping the palate crisp and alive. There’s no mistaking the warming effect of the alcohol, but this is more than matched by the core of fruit and overall power of the wine. Well made, youthful still, decant for service remains a food wine. Best drinking from 2021 through 2029.” – Cameron Douglas MS

“The fragrant, highly concentrated 2014 vintage is a blend of eight varieties – principally Cabernet Sauvignon (36 per cent), Merlot (17 per cent) and Petit Verdot (15 per cent), plus smaller portions of Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Syrah, Viognier and Koler. Matured for 16 months in all-new French oak barriques, it is dark, fresh and full-bodied, with dense, ripe blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, good tannin backbone, and impressive power through the palate.” – Michael Cooper

Tasting Note: “100% Waiheke coastal single site “The 8 Vineyard”. This wine symbolises the combinations of blood spilt over hundreds of years of tribal conflicts. Blend: cabernet sauvignon 36%, merlot 17%, petit verdot 15.5%, cabernet franc 8.5%, tanned 8.5%, syrah 8%, viognier 3.5%, kolor 3%. A marvellous expression of an eloquent and refined vintage. 16 months 100% new French barriques. Unfined and minimally filtered. This wine is dedicated to my beloved uncle Alfred (Freddy) Desbonnets RIP. Cellar 13-15 ºC. Drink: 2020 – 2035+” – Winemaker’s notes

Alcohol: 14.0%

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon blend

Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

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